added: Thu, Feb 23rd '17
A group of male students at an all-black university are subjected to various forms of humiliation and abuse as they try to endure the vicious pledging rituals of their chosen fraternity in the newly-released trailer for the Netflix film "Burning Sands."
Gerard McMurray, an associate producer on Ryan Coogler's 2013 Sundance-winner "Fruitvale Station," makes his feature directorial debut with "Burning Sands," a college-set drama that takes viewers inside the hidden world of fraternity hazing as told from the perspective of a young frat pledge (played by TV's "American Crime" actor Trevor Jackson), who comes to question the moral value of these long-held college practices.
Co-starring Mitchell Edwards, Octavius J. Johnson, Tosin Cole, DeRon Horton, and Malik Bazille with special appearances by Emmy-winning actress Alfre Woodard (who recently co-starred in Netflix's "Luke Cage") and Emmy-nominated actor Steve Harris (TV's The Practice), "Burning Sands" premiered to mostly positive reviews at Sundance this year. The Netflix film will start streaming Friday, March 10th.
Burning Sands takes you on a raw, voyeuristic journey of fraternity pledging through the eyes of one favored pledgee, who is torn between honoring a code of silence or standing up against the intensifying violence of underground hazing. Led by a breakthrough performance by Trevor Jackson, director Gerard McMurray's feature directorial debut brings an emotional honesty to the classic tale of "rites of passage" and the complicated bonds of brotherhood.
directed by Gerard McMurray
starring Trevor Jackson, Mitchell Edwards, Octavius J. Johnson, Tosin Cole, DeRon Horton, Malik Bazille, Alfre Woodard, Steve Harris
release date March 10, 2017 (on Netflix)